Thursday, 23 November 2017

Boys hope to qualify for national chess competition

A CHESS team from the Piggott School in Wargrave is hoping to qualify for a national competition.

A CHESS team from the Piggott School in Wargrave is hoping to qualify for a national competition.

The six students must win or finish runners-up in their regional group of the National Chess Plate but suffered a blow with a narrow defeat against Aylesbury School, who were national champions in 2013, when they won two games and drew one in an under-19s match.

The team are captain Henry Langer and Brian Byrne, both 13, Jake Tippey, James Moody and Jo Neal Lewis, all 15, and Henry’s 16-year-old brother Tom. The boys were taught chess by teacher Raheel Kaleem.

Piggott School has run a chess club for the last two years and has competed in tournaments at Eton College as well as taking part in the National Chess Challenge.

Gillian Maloney, community and partnerships administrator at the school, said the boys had all improved their chess as a result of playing competitively.

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